Chocolate hugs & kisses
Recommended by the Four Chocolateers of CBTB: XOX Truffles of San Francisco.
But we are not the only ones to think this place is tops. In fact, we are latecomers: In 2001, it was rated one of the top 10 chocolatiers in the US by Chocolatier Magazine, and an ultimate chocolate (the highest rating) by the Rosengarten Report. (It even beat out Michael Recchiuti, another of our favs.)
The truffles come in many flavors — including liqueurs, fruits, tea, even peanut butter — and are adorably hand-crafted, no molds used here. The truffles are a lovely size, not too big, but filling your mouth with a wonderful chocolate flavor that melds with the added flavorings in each truffle.
The place is fun to visit for more than the obvious reward of eating truffles. It’s a working chocolate shop with cocoa powder clinging to the white subway tiles on the back wall, and you can practice your French with owner & chef Jean-Marc Gorce. If you can’t be in Paris (chocolate capitol of the world, IMHO), this is a fine substitute.
XOX Truffles, 754 Columbus Avenue, between Filbert and Greenwich, SF.
Worth checking out for yourself.
A writer/designer, Nancy lives in Oakland with Ronnie (AKA cacaopod), her husband of many years & fellow chocolate enthusiast.
Date posted: November 19, 2009. This entry was posted in Local chocolate, Recommended chocolatiers, Review and tagged artisan, chocolate, chocolatier, coffee, dark chocolate, French, handmade, Paris, peanut butter, recommended, San Francisco, tea, truffles, veteran SFBA artisan chocolatier, XOX. Bookmark the permalink.